Classroom Resources


Primary Documents

These documents–a sampling of those from our published guidebook–provide glimpses into Mid-Hudson antislavery history and how it intersected with people and events of national fame.

Antislavery Catechism, 1815 from Nine Partners Boarding School, Millbrook (now Oakwood Friends School)

Letter from Angelina Grimk√©, 1837, detailing her first public address to a “promiscuous” audience of both men and women–in Poughkeepsie

Dutchess County Antislavery Society, Executive Committee Minutes, 1838

Letter to Poughkeepsie Citizens, 1838

GOTTthumbMusic for Inspiration and Education

The Singers and MHAHP have developed four curricular units on antislavery history and music.  Featured in a workshop at the New York State Social Studies Conference, 2013.


Did You Know There Was “Abolitionist Gingerbread”?

Use snack time or dessert to teach about the history of antislavery!

More Resources

Teaching the Hudson Valley has online lesson plans developed in conjunction with several local sites, including Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, and Dutchess County’s Mt. Gulian, home of James F. Brown who escaped from slavery in Maryland.

For a creative student project designed by Historic Hudson Valley, based on responses to their online collection of historical advertisements for runaway slaves, see “Pretends to Be Free: Imagining Runaway Slaves”

For John Jay’s antislavery efforts during and after the American Revolution, see the helpful overview and wonderful online document collection at Columbia University.

Autobiography of a Fugitive Negro, the 1855 narrative of African-American abolitionist Samuel Ringgold Ward, who lived and taught in Poughkeepsie in the 1830s, is online at the Documenting the American South, from the University of North Carolina.

Cornell University’s online site, the Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection, has (among many other documents) the text of the fiery antislavery sermon preached at First Congregational Church in Poughkeepsie, by Rev. Moses Tyler, in March 1861, on the eve of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration (search author = Tyler, Moses).

Cornell also features online issues of The Friend of Man (1836-1842), newspaper of the New York Anti-Slavery Society. It contains items from the Hudson Valley, and many reports on state-level antislavery activities.